Large plate with a C-shaped ornament ("cigar")

A large ivory plate covered with lines of C-shaped signs at the front side. Elements of the ornament are located in five parallel lines. In the first and third rows, there are 25 signs; in the second - 27 signs; in the fourth - 30 signs, and in the fifth - 23.

Manufacturing technique

The ornament was probably created by scraping with a burin as the elements look clearly and the signs themselves are non-deep. The inner side is covered with mild traces of dendrites. There are traces of grinding along the edges. The plate is flattened to the side edges. The original shape of the blank is a bar.

Use-wear traces

Use-wear traces are not found.

Storage location

Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (The Kunstkamera)

Inventory number


The Museum KAMIS


Length - 127 mm

Width - 42 mm

Thickness - 18 mm




19-23 th years BP


Mal'ta-Buret' archaeological culture

The author of the excavations

Gerasimov M.M.


Verhniy paleolit: obrazy, simvoly, znaki: Katalog predmetov iskusstva malyh form iz arheologicheskogo sobraniya MAE RAN / otv. red., nauch. red., sost. G.A. Hlopachev. - SPb: Extraprint, 2016. - S. 187

Lbova L., Rostyazhenko T. Ornamental Artefacts as a Way to Transfer and Store Information in the Upper Palaeolithic: the Mal’ta Collection (Siberia) // Expression. – 2019. – Vol. 23. – P. 35-44

Rostyazhenko T.E. Maltinskiye ornamentirovannie diski kak predmety prestiga // Arheologia: Materialy 56-y Mezhdunar. nauch. stud. conf. 22-27 aprelya 2018 g. / Novosib. gos. un-t. - Novosibirsk: IPC NGU, 2018, S. 23-24